Bird of Paradise and Their Splits
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Popular for its easy going attitude and long elegant stems that produce broad, jungle-like leaves, the Bird of Paradise seems to be on everyone's radar these days! Today we're answering the top three questions we get most about this iconic plant.
Split leaves - Believe it or not, the leaves of a Bird of Paradise are SUPPOSED to split! As part of nature's design, the splits allow wind to pass through the leaves without bending, breaking, or uprooting the top heavy plant. While splitting may be reduced by keeping the plant indoors and away from wind, it is still common and completely normal for this to occur.
Yellow edges - native to tropical environments, this plant prefers full sun for long periods of time. Indoors they don't get us much light, which is the most common cause of yellowing leaves. The other, less common, reason for yellowing leaves is pest infestation. Check the front and back of each leaf, and treat with Neem Oil as needed.
Where's the flower? - Named for the colorful flower resembling a bird, it is rare for this plant to bloom indoors. The plant must reach maturity (~10 years old) and live in its native conditions— think humid, warm, and sunny. If you'd prefer a flowering version, adding one to your outdoor collection would be best!